Endoscopy & Rhinoscopy
By using a flexible tube with an attached video camera, veterinary endoscopy aids in the diagnosis and treatment of problems occurring in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts. An endoscope allows a more complete examination of the esophagus, stomach, and some areas of the intestines in order to diagnose gastrointestinal disorders. When a biopsy is necessary, endoscopy is a visual aid that allows the operator to selct sites from which to take tissue samples. Endoscopy can also aid in the removal of foreign bodies in some cases.
Rhinoscopy refers to the use of a smaller endoscope to examine the nasal passages. Evaluation and biopsy of these tissues is sometimes necessary in cases of chronic airway disease.